I am not a cleanse person. I am not even a healthy eating person. I am a Wendy’s cheeseburger for lunch and Papa John’s pizza for dinner kind of girl. So when I offered to attempt a soup cleanse for the sake of this review, needless to say, everyone I know was shocked. First of all, I am not overweight, which goes against the common misconception that cleanses are only for people trying to quickly drop a few pounds. But the truth is that everyone can afford to get rid of toxins and impurities, and since my diet consists of mostly high-sodium and high-sugar foods, I could definitely use it.

After discovering Splendid Spoon while browsing a lifestyle blog, I was immediately intrigued.  The thought of a regular juice cleanse seems downright torturous to me since I practically have the metabolism of a hummingbird and I know that an all-liquid diet would end in a very hangry (hungry/angry) Leah. Knowing this, I will just stick to the occasional cold pressed juice I get at Starbucks when the line is too long. But seeing that this soup cleanse was actually food, I was ready to give it a try.

When I  received the Splendid Soup package at the Spa Week office, I was pleased to discover that the soups do not have to be consumed right away, and can be refrigerated for up to one week and frozen for up to a month. I wasn’t ready to dive in right away, so I shoved them in the fridge and went on my merry way.

I decided to do the cleanse on a Monday so that I could flush all of the past weekend’s cheap beer and late night pizza out of my body. Now, let me preface this by saying, I don’t think I have ever not woken up hungry in my life. So starting the day off at 11:30 a.m. with a soup was probably not a genius move on my end. But I began with the carrot turmeric elixir, which I warmed up because I was not yet prepared to embrace the “cold, drinkable” soup idea. It was tasty and surprisingly spicier than I expected. I would definitely say that it was a good first soup to start the day with.

My next soup was the vegan bone broth, which I chugged because broth is my jam. I obviously warmed it up, because cold broth seemed a little too much like something that would only be consumed in the old days of the Soviet Union. Afterwards, I decided to take my lunch break and went down to sit in the park. This was when some of the effects of the cleanse began to sink in. My senses have never been more heightened in my entire life! It seemed like I could smell every food within a 30 foot radius. I felt like a bloodhound on the hunt for a criminal, except my prey was the Chipotle burrito that a businessman on a nearby bench was shoving into his mouth.

I decided to go back to the office because there were too many tasty smells wafting up from the weekly farmer’s market and my resistance was waning. As soon as I got back inside I was ready for the next soup, so I opted for the lentil and kale. It was chunky, it was delicious, and I would recommend it 100%. I definitely needed something a bit more substantial as I watched my coworkers munch on grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes, so this came at the perfect time. I was saving my final two soups for dinnertime, so the plant-based protein in this soup was necessary.

The rest of the day I pressed on, a little hungry, but generally doing well. I may have cheated a few times in the form of a small bag of Doritos and a few handfuls of vanilla almond granola. I know, I know, Doritos are the exact opposite of the food you should consume on a cleanse, but when you’re in the office all day your options are limited.

I brought the final two soups home and I was quite starving at this point. I am more of a savory-over-sweet person anyway, so I wasn’t overly thrilled at the thought of chilled sweet soups. I tried them both, decided they were not for me, and ordered Seamless for dinner. So maybe I only did about three fifths of the cleanse, but those three fifths were delicious.

I am not going to lie: I was definitely hungry for a majority of the cleanse. But all in all I am definitely glad I tried it. The ability to chew and savor your food made it feel much less like a diet and more like I was really eating something. So while I’ve confirmed that I am not much of a cleanse person, I would definitely recommend it to someone who is. It definitely looks like soup cleanses could be the next big thing! To order this drinkable soup cleanse from Splendid Spoon, click here.

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